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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.

Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

Baptisms are held every second and fourth Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Instructions are scheduled for (check times) Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Rectory. Call the Church Office at 610-828-5717 for sign-up purposes.


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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1422 "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."

Saturdays, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Anytime by appointment with one of the parish priests

Examination of Conscience

Fast and Abstinence and Other Acts of Penance for Lent

TThe Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, February 22, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.

All the faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended. All are encouraged to participate in "Operation Rice Bowl," which has aided countless hungry persons here in the Archdiocese as well as throughout our nation and our world.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601 "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."

For those interested in becoming married in our church, arrangements must be made with a priest at least 6 months prior to your desired wedding date.. Contact the Parish Office to schedule an appointment with a Priest. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia requires that all couples attend a Pre-Cana class before marriage. At this time we ask you to go to, under Marriage preparations to take the class online.


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Rite of Marriage: Sacred Scripture Readings

A guide to choosing the sacred scrpture readings for your Wedding.

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Having a Marriage blessed by the Catholic Church (Convalidation)

To obtain the Church's blessing of a marriage that was not Catholic can be relatively easy. Learn about the basic steps required for a couple to validate their marriage.

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Please pray for all couples participating and preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage!


Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1322: The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.1323:

"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. (SC, 47)'

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Second Monday of each month (September to June) after the 8:30 AM Mass until 7 PM in the chapel.

Holy Communion for sick and homebound parishioners

If you or a loved one are sick and/or homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the office (610-834-1975) so that we can arrange to have one of the parish clergy or extrordinary ministers of Holy Communion bring Holy Communion to you or your loved one.

Holy Days of Obligation

In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with canon 1246, are as follows:

  • January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  • Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension
  • August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • November 1, the solemnity of All Saints
  • December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.



Weekday Schedule

Day Mass Times
Monday 8:30AM
Tuesday 8:30AM
Wednesday 8:30AM
Thursday 8:30AM
Friday 8:30AM
Saturday 8:30AM

Sunday Schedule

Day Mass Time
Saturday 5:00 PM
Sunday 7:30 AM
Sunday 9:30 AM
Sunday 11:00 AM


Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285: Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.

For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."

The Sacrament of Confirmation - Guidelines

Confirmation Calendar 2016-2017

Confirmation Questions

Confirmation Study Guide


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The Lives Of the Saints

A helpful resource in selecting a Confirmation name!

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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536: Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.

If a man thinks that God may be calling him to the priesthood, he is most welcome to talk with any of our parish priests or contact the Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

If a man thinks that God may be calling him to the permanent diaconate, he is most welcome to talk with any of the parish clergy or contact the Department of Permanent Deacons.


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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1499: "By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ."

If you or a loved one are in need of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please contact the church office at 610-834-1975 or the rectory at 610-828-5717 for one of the parish priests to administer the Sacrament.